Why should your organization
If you have had the opportunity to look through this website, specifically on the Resource Associates vs. "Scam" firms and How to report grant scams web pages, you should have peace of mind knowing that Resource Associates is NOT going to scam you out of your money. There are so many grant scams out there that before you give anyone your credit card number or a dime for any grant related service, you absolutely must take the time to check out the credentials and background of the entity you are considering working with. Resource Associates has been in business for over 15 years and holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are a company of integrity that does what we say as well as a company that is solely run and managed by professional grant writers.
Grant writers and firms that use grants as a way to scam the public out of money are our enemies. They have caused substantial harm to the legitimacy of the profession of grant writing and they should be ashamed of themselves for taking people's money. We have spent a great deal of time researching the unethical practices of these entities so that we can protect and inform you, as the consumer, from fraud. You will find many of the unscrupulous business practices of these companies explained throughout this website. It is important that you educate yourself on these practices so you are not accidently suckered into working with one of these fraudulent companies.
How Resource Associates will save you money
One of the first lessons you need to learn about professional grant writers and legitimate grant writing firms is that we do charge for our time and our services. We are experts in the field of making our clients millions of dollars. Just like you, we have families to support and children to feed. The concept that grant advisement and writing should be a free service to the public is a great one; and actually, our nonprofit arm (the Grant Experts) does offer free services to certain schools and community based organizations. It is unfortunate, however, that our free services are limited in size and scope although it is our goal to someday expand these offerings as much as humanly possible. But for now, if you don't qualify for the Grant Experts' program, you get what you pay for. If you desire to pay $19 a month for a subscription to a "free money" database to search on your own for the right grant to apply for, then that is all you will get. Access to a database that may or may not have the right opportunities for you along with no valuable grant writing assistance to help you ensure your eligibility and competitiveness for a grant award. Most likely, in a year from the point in time that you subscribed to the service, you will be no farther along in your quest to secure grant funding than you were or will ever be. If you want some serious grant research to be performed for you by a professional grant writer; followed by ongoing planning and coaching that will prepare you to apply for only those grants that you are likely to receive; followed by one of the nation's best, most qualified writers (who has expertise in writing and securing funding in the realm that you will be applying) preparing a top quality proposal on your behalf to the funder which will substantially increase your chance of funding as opposed to writing the proposal on your own... then you will most likely have to pay for it. One good aspect to all of this is that if you work with Resource Associates, you are assured you are not going to be scammed out of your money. By working with us, you are guaranteed to get the best quality services available on the planet which are likely to lead to grant awards and funding for your ventures.
If you are with a company looking for grant writing services, you will find that there are many benefits to contracting the services of a professional grant writing organization. Instead of paying for the high cost of a full-time grant writer, with an average salary range of anywhere from $65,000 to over $150,000 per year, "outsourcing" services when you need them could quickly save you thousands of dollars. There are also limitations to hiring a full time (or even part-time) professional. A typical writer, for example, can really only produce one or two quality grant proposals a month. Some writers actually insist on several months of prep time before writing just one proposal. This means that your company is not going to be able to pursue all of the opportunities available. Your hands will be tied by the limited capacity of your grant writer. Because Resource Associates employs hundreds of grant writers, you won't experience these types of limitations.
Another issue that businesses choosing to hire a grant writer should keep in mind is that it is also extremely difficult to find quality professional writers. Not only are they hard to come by, it is very unlikely that a professional with expertise in your exact field even lives in your community. And, if one did and you interviewed him/her, do you have the knowledge and background to gauge if this individual is really a professional grant writer who is likely to secure funding for your entity? If you make the wrong choice in your hiring, you won't know it until you've paid that individual a salary for six months or so after the hire date due to the fact that grant award/denial notification can take this long or longer.
By contracting with Resource Associates, you are guaranteed to work with only the best professionals in the country. We have found through our own hiring practices that about 95% of those who apply to be grant writers are really not professionals at all. Therefore, we are very selective in our hiring process. Writing 5 to 20 grants does not make one a professional grant writer. That can only be accomplished with a long-time, proven track record of award success in a particular field - writing particular grants. At Resource Associates, we often say that "fixing a broken sink a few times does not make you a plumber." The same goes for grant writing.
Be cautious on others' approach
The process and way in which Resource Associates' operates is one of only a few approaches to grant writing that works. You must find the right grant opportunity first. You must then research all aspects of the grant to ensure you are eligible and competitive for funding. You must comprehend that each and every grant that you apply for should have a grant proposal that has been specifically written in accordance with the unique guidelines of each grant application packet and that grants should never be templated (otherwise, the proposal will be nonresponsive, noncompetitive, and most likely will be thrown out). If any of these steps are skipped in the process or are simplified to the degree that it sounds too good to be true, then you are likely dealing with a scammer or a grant writer who has no clue what he or she is doing.
Many inexperienced grant writers or scammers will attempt to charge a client based on a commission that is paid from the grants themselves. Not only is this illegal, but it could get your organization in a great deal of trouble. Other grant writers claim that they can write one magic proposal and submit it to hundreds of funders for a single fee. This approach to grant writing is completely ineffective and is a waste of the client's time and money. Every grantor has its own set of application guidelines and every grant must be originally and specifically written for that funder with few exceptions. Illegal and ineffective approaches to grant writing can quickly cost you a great deal of time and money. Why risk it?
By contracting with Resource Associates, you will only pay for relevant, appropriate services that are most likely to result in large dollar, multi-year, sustainable grant awards. We screen every client before we offer him or her services. If we feel that there is nothing we can do to effectively assist an entity to get a grant, then we will tell you this honestly and attempt to provide you with free guidance on how to access other programs and services.
Resource Associates' business formula has always been "a well-informed, prepared, grant eligible client + the right grant opportunity = our success as a company." We don't want to waste our time and resources on researching for grants or writing grants that will never lead to an award. We will walk you through the entire grant development process and only recommend what is in your best interest - financially and programmatically.
Please take a moment to call our offices at 505-326-4245 to talk with one of our grant professionals. Even if you are considering hiring someone in your community, we can support you in making the best, most informed decision. Consultations are always free.